WESLEY CHAPEL — Bargain hunters, rejoice.
A new 22,000-square-foot Salvation Army store is slated to open this weekend off State Road 54. It's the first and only Salvation Army on the east side of the county.
It won't be your typical thrift store. Since construction started last year, Salvation Army officials have taken extra care to ensure the shop's lighting and layout transcend your usual bargain hunting experience.
"We think it's an upgraded version of the Salvation Army's traditional stores," said Maj. Don Smith of the Salvation Army's Tampa Adult Rehabilitation Center.
"We are certainly committed to keeping that store a very nice looking facility."
The well-lit shelves are already lined with donations.
In addition to the traditional gently used clothes, furniture and collectible treasures you would expect to encounter, the Salvation Army will also sell mattresses and box springs, ranging from $142.99 for a twin set to $288.99 for a king.
The store is a welcome addition to the area thrift store chain circuit. Local bargain junkies lost their Dade City Goodwill last year. After a 15-year run, the store was shut down in August. Officials blamed a lack of donations, low returns and a shift in the business plan.
But the new Salvation Army isn't just good news for shoppers.
If you're job hunting, the store has a few part-time openings left to fill.
If you're looking to get rid of a garage full of unwanted goodies, you can drop them off in exchange for a tax receipt that may help lessen your burden to the IRS.
Proceeds from the new store help fund the Salvation Army's Tampa residential facility for men with drug and alcohol addictions.
Helen Anne Travis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 435-7312.